Wild Rumors & News

  • AHL players eligible to appear in 2018 Winter Olympics

    Fanrag Sports "As the war wages on of which hockey players can and cannot appear in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, another shoe dropped on Wednesday night with the announcement that players on AHL contracts will be allowed to appear. The same does not hold true at this time for those who..." July 20

  • Report: Wild at least discuss homecoming for Matt Cullen

    Pro Hockey Talk "Mulling retirement at 40, Matt Cullen has the option to come home and still play in the NHL. The Minnesota native has at least had some discussions with the Wild, according to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Russo also notes that the Wild have had some talks with Drew Stafford,..." July 11

  • Wild turns attention to signing its restricted free agents while looking beyond next season

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wild appears to be in a midsummer holding pattern. While the Wild still may be in the market this offseason for at least one more forward, most the team's focus has turned to re-signing three key restricted free agents. "This has become the typical shift in the NHL after the first few..." July 11

  • Minny re-signs tough guy Kurtis Gabriel

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Minnesota Wild have re-signed forward Kurtis Gabriel to a one-year, two-way contract, per Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. According to CapFriendly, the new deal has a $715,000 cap hit at the NHL level. The Wild selected Gabriel in the third round of the 2013 NHL Draft...." July 10

  • Wild prospect Kirill Kaprizov to stay in KHL for next 3 seasons

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Not long after KHL Insider Aivis Kalnins tweeted that stud Wild prospect Kirill Kaprizov would be signing a three-year extension with CSKA Moscow, the Kontinental Hockey League seems to have confirmed the news and quoted team President Igor Esmantovich as saying, “He will stay in Russia for next..." July 08

  • Wild re-sign Reilly for two years, $1.45 million

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Minnesota Wild announced on Monday afternoon that they have re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Mike Reilly to a two-year contract that will pay him $1.45 million through the end of the 2018-19 season. Reilly, 23, has spent the past two seasons playing for the Wild organization,..." July 03

  • Wild sign five players, including Landon Ferraro, to two-way contracts

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "A day after general manager Chuck Fletcher said the Wild won’t be big players in NHL free agency, the organization agreed to terms with center Landon Ferraro, defenseman Ryan Murphy, center Cal O’Reilly, defenseman Alex Grant, and goaltender Niklas Svedberg. All five players inked two-way..." July 01

  • Wild sign Kyle Quincey to one-year, $1.25-million contract

    Sportsnet "The Minnesota Wild signed defenceman Kyle Quincey to one-year, $1.25-million contract, the team announced Saturday." July 01

  • Early Wild signings include Landon Ferraro, Ryan Murphy

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The NHL free-agent market has opened PER SOURCES Matt Cullen and the Wild indeed continue to talk this morning, so there's a chance he forgoes retirement or a chance of three-peating to return to Minnesota for a 20th NHL season. I do hear the Wild has gotten back in on Chris Kunitz, so..." July 01

  • Martin Hanzal expected to land with Stars

    TSN "Veteran centre Martin Hanzal is expected to sign with the Dallas Stars once free agency opens today. Hanzal split last season between the Arizona Coyotes and Minnesota Wild and finished with a combined 20 goals and 19 assists in 71 games. After being acquired by the Wild ahead of the Trade..." July 01

  • Wild trade Jason Pominville, Marco Scandella to the Sabres for Tyler Ennis, Marcus Foligno

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Less than a year after defenseman Marco Scandella previewed the 2016-17 season by forecasting, “It could be our last year as a group, so it’s now or never,” Scandella indeed won’t be returning. The second-longest tenured Wild player was traded Friday to the Buffalo Sabres along with former..." June 30

  • Wild re-sign defenseman Olofsson to 2-year, $1.45 million deal

    Fox Sports "The Minnesota Wild re-signed defenseman Gustav Olofsson to a two-year, $1.45 million contract Monday. The Wild’s second-round pick in 2013, Olofsson appeared in just 13 games for Minnesota last season, registering three assists and two penalty minutes. Olofsson showed promise in the AHL,..." June 26

  • Fletcher isn’t too worried about Wild’s cap situation

    Pro Hockey Talk "A lot of eyes were on the Minnesota Wild at the NHL draft watching to see if they would make a move involving one of their defensemen. No move happened (at least not yet). Part of the issue for the Wild — and the reason for the trade speculation — is their need to re-sign restricted free..." June 25

  • Erin Andrews, former NHL player Jarret Stoll get married in Montana

    Sporting News "Some congratulations are in store for Erin Andrews and Jarret Stoll. The Fox Sports reporter and the former NHL player tied the knot on Saturday in front of close family and friends, People reported. The wedding took place at sunset in Montana, Andrews' rep confirmed. Interestingly..." June 25

  • Wild and coach Bruce Boudreau endure a quiet two days of NHL draft

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "As Bruce Boudreau sat at the draft table “bored out of his mind,” according to General Manager Chuck Fletcher, on Friday night, the Wild coach fired off a text message to someone asking, “Is no one making any moves?” A couple of trades trickled in late, but Boudreau is a hockey nut. So he,..." June 25

  • Report: Bruins among several teams interested in Wild's Scandella

    CSN New England "The Bruins missed out on the first flurry of defensemen traded on Friday morning, but they may be in on the second wave of quality D-men expected to be made available around the NHL Draft. The Bruins are one of several teams actively in discussions with the Minnesota Wild about defenseman Marco..." June 23

  • Blue Jackets acquire center Jordan Schroeder from Minnesota

    NHL.com "The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired center Jordan Schroeder from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for center Dante Salituro, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Schroeder, 26, has recorded 17 goals and 23 assists for 40 points with 10 penalty minutes and a +9 plus/minus..." June 23

  • Wild's Erik Haula, Alex Tuch bound for Vegas by day's end

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Erik Haula is Vegas-bound, as well as a prized Wild prospect. Haula, a speedy former University of Minnesota center, will not only become the one Wild player lost to the expansion Vegas Golden Knights during tonight’s NHL Awards Show and expansion announcement, he’ll become the first – or one..." June 21

  • Keep an eye on Staal and the Wild

    TSN "One of the funny wrinkles of the expansion draft rules this year is how disparately they impact certain teams. Some teams – particularly those that either bottomed out recently, or are in the process of bottoming out – risk next to nothing in exposure by way of the draft. (If you don’t believe..." June 20

  • Wild leaves Dumba, Scandella, Staal unprotected heading into expansion draft

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Finally, after a year of mock drafts, the expansion Vegas Golden Knights can get to work. Finally, after a year of fretting and speculating, Wild fans know which potential one player out of a whole group of players their favorite team will lose Wednesday night. Of the 23 players left exposed..." June 19

  • After going unprotected, Staal holds off on commenting

    Pro Hockey Talk "Wild GM Chuck Fletcher made some pretty significant decisions over the weekend, exposing a trio of quality players for the upcoming expansion draft: defensemen Marco Scandella and Mathew Dumba, and forward Eric Staal. All three stood out, but Staal was especially interesting. The 32-year-old is..." June 19

  • Wild could lose Dumba, Staal or Scandella in Vegas expansion draft

    Pro Hockey Talk "Look, every glance at a team’s available players for the Vegas Golden Knights’ expansion draft comes with the caveat that there might be a “side deal” involved. Maybe tantalizing Player X won’t be on the table thanks to … well, the expansion draft equivalent to bribery. Even with that in mind,..." June 18

  • Wild gets 'quality' trade offers for Jonas Brodin, Matt Dumba

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wild is contemplating trading a defenseman in advance of Saturday afternoon's NHL trade freeze. Chuck Fletcher is "definitely actively listening" and has spoken to every other general manager in the NHL at some point in the past few weeks. Fletcher has gotten "quality trade offers" for..." June 16

  • Wild Acquires 2018 Fifth-Round Pick in Exchange for Tyler Graovac

    NHL.com "Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired a fifth-round selection in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft from the Washington Capitals in exchange for forward Tyler Graovac (pronounced GRAY-oh-vack). Graovac, 24 (4/27/93), totaled nine..." June 14

  • NHL’s salary cap likely to be set at $75-million for 2017-18

    Fanrag Sports "In a bit of good news, the Athletic Toronto’s James Mirtle has reported that the NHL is likely to see the salary cap go up for the upcoming season. In a bit of bad news, though, it isn’t expected to go up by much. Mirtle reports that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman expects the league to see..." June 14

  • Wild's Nino Niederreiter ignoring trade rumors, hoping for long-term deal

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "As I reported last week, the Wild met with Mikael Granlund’s agent, Todd Diamond, at the recent scouting combine in Buffalo for a first, albeit brief conversation regarding the potential restricted free agent. There were no negotiations. It was essentially to reiterate to Diamond what the..." June 14

  • Wild promotions include Brunette to assistant GM

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Minnesota Wild announced a ton of promotions in their front office on Thursday, including a boost for a familiar face in former forward Andrew Brunette. Brunette and Shep Harder were both promoted to assistant GM positions. Brent Flahr was bumped up from assistant GM to senior VP of hockey..." June 02

  • NHL to consider ‘centralized’ decision-maker for goalie interference challenges

    Pro Hockey Talk "It was the offside challenge that drew most of the attention last night, but according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, there could be a change coming to the process of goalie interference challenges. Daly was asked Monday if it might be better to have just one person in Toronto, with one..." May 31

  • Wild assistant coach Scott Stevens resigns

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "One year after coming to the Wild as Bruce Boudreau’s top assistant, Scott Stevens has resigned from the Wild, multiple sources tell the Star Tribune. Stevens is said to want to spend more time with his family. The team has not yet starting looking for a replacement. Named one of the 100..." May 30

  • NHL officially won’t participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, cites hypocritical reason for not playing

    The Comeback "Prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly spoke with the media about a variety of topics concerning the league. The interviews went great if you hate ads on jerseys, mediocre..." May 30

  • Stanley Cup playoffs structure highlights absurd regular season

    New York Post "Nashville, which finished with the exact same record as the Islanders and with the same number of points as the Lightning (with one fewer victory, no less), is four wins away from the Stanley Cup — so remind me again of the value of the six-month, 82-game grind of the NHL regular season, if you..." May 28

  • Wild GM is hopeful prized prospect Kirill Kaprizov will join Minny for 2018-19 season

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "There are a few unsubstantiated Twitter rumors that Kirill Kaprizov, the Wild's hot-shot 2015 fifth-round pick, is closing in on a long-term extension with CSKA Moscow, the Kontinental Hockey League team he was just traded to. Fletcher says "that'd be news to me" and doesn't believe the rumors..." May 28

  • NHL and Apple agree to deal to put iPads on benches

    Fanrag Sports "Technology has been slowly seeping its way into professional sports over the last several years more and more, and now the NHL is going with the trend. The league has struck a multi-year deal with Apple that should make it easier on coaches and players alike to make in-game adjustments. Rather..." May 26

  • 12 NHL teams will alter uniforms in 2017-18

    Sportsnet "Save up for that back-to-school shopping, hockey fans. It will soon be time to update your wardrobe. A total of 12 NHL teams are reportedly preparing alterations to their existing uniforms for the 2017-18 season, the first season under the league’s seven-year contract with new outfitter..." May 25

  • Wild owner: I wish we hadn't traded for Hanzal

    TSN "The Minnesota Wild attempted to load up for a deep playoff run by acquiring Martin Hanzal and Ryan White from the Arizona Coyotes in February. Hanzal scored one goal in the five playoff games, White played in only three games, failing to register a point as the Wild were eliminated in five..." May 18

  • NHL expansion draft looms over Wild's offseason moves

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Nearly one month after what he called the “still incredibly disappointing” end to the Wild’s season and nearly one month until the expansion draft, General Manager Chuck Fletcher described himself Tuesday as “actively listening” to ideas from his 30 NHL counterparts. Recently meeting with his..." May 17

  • Marc Savard Details Post-Concussion Anxiety, Depression In The Players’ Tribune

    NESN "For Marc Savard, it’s not the Matt Cooke hit that haunts him; it’s the hit that ended his career. The former Boston Bruins center last touched NHL ice on January 22, 2011, when he took a hit from then-Colorado Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick that caused his head to hit off the glass — his..." May 16

  • NHL’s top 17 UFAs of 2017: Latest rumours

    Sportsnet "As hotly anticipated as the Kevin Shattenkirk Sweepstakes are for Kevin and the Shattenkirks, 2017’s NHL free agency class is shaping up to be one of the weakest in years. Potential summer of ’17 UFA bank-breakers Jamie Benn, Victor Hedman, Brent Burns and Brad Marchand all inked maximum-term..." May 15

  • 8 potential sign-and-trade destinations for Ilya Kovalchuk

    Sportsnet "With the countdown to NHL’s unrestricted free agency lacking some of the zip of last year’s Stamkos Watch, the introduction of a potential Ilya Kovalchuk bidding war provides a welcome wrinkle to the hockey off-season. New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero confirmed with Kovalchuk’s..." May 10

  • Another day, another Wild player under the knife

    Pro Hockey Talk "Been a busy week for Minnesota’s health department. After defensemen Christian Folin (shoulder) and Marco Scandella (hip) underwent arthroscopic surgeries, the Star-Tribune reported that forward Jason Zucker was set for a procedure to repair his sports hernia. More: The Wild will make an..." May 03

  • NHL unveils list of players exempt from expansion draft

    Fanrag Sports "The NHL has revealed a list of players exempt from the expansion draft as agreed upon with the NHLPA: Dave Bolland, Craig Cunningham, Chris Pronger, Cody McCormick, David Clarkson, Johan Franzen, Joe Vitale, Ryan Clowe, Mikhail Grabovski, Pascal Dupuis, Nathan Horton and Stephane Robidas. As..." May 03

  • 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC seeing ratings uptick from last year

    Awful Announcing "The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are doing well for NBC on its cable, broadcast and online platforms. NBC says through 49 games in the postseason, it’s averaging 829,000 viewers across broadcast and online and it adds that’s up three percent from 2016. Last year, the average was 808.000. And it..." May 02

  • League points finger at union in NHL concussion case

    TSN "The National Hockey League says the NHL Players’ Association has repeatedly interfered with its attempts to introduce rules over the past 50 years to limit staged fighting, better safeguard players and bolster penalties for dangerous head hits. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly made the..." May 02

  • Devils win No. 1 pick in NHL Draft Lottery

    NHL.com "New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero has been steadfast in his approach to acquire assets in an attempt to turn them into legitimate Stanley Cup Playoff contenders again. He gained a significant piece Saturday by winning the NHL Draft Lottery and the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft,..." April 30

  • Wild exit early, Fletcher stays positive — a familiar refrain in Minnesota

    Pro Hockey Talk "If the NHL is a bottom line business, then the Wild’s season was a disappointment. They finished second in the West, yet were upended in the opening playoff round to the wild card St. Louis Blues — a team they finished 17 points ahead of in the standings. Minnesota lost all three games at home,..." April 25

  • Wild's Mikael Granlund: Played with broken hand

    CBS Sports "Granlund was dealing with a broken hand during the playoffs. Despite the injury, Granlund was able to garner a pair of helpers while putting 10 shots on net and averaging 20:32 of ice time per game in the postseason." April 25

  • Lady Byng Trophy finalists unveiled

    NHL.com "Forwards Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames, Mikael Granlund of the Minnesota Wild and Vladimir Tarasenko of the St. Louis Blues were named finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy on Sunday, awarded annually to the player who best combines sportsmanship, gentlemanly conduct and ability. The..." April 24

  • Wild owner confirms Fletcher safe as GM

    Pro Hockey Talk "After a disappointing first-round playoff exit, Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold has given GM Chuck Fletcher a vote of confidence. Per the Star-Tribune, Leipold confirmed on Sunday that Fletcher’s job was safe, potentially to quiet speculation about the longtime GM’s job security in the wake..." April 24

  • Wild’s Eric Staal diagnosed with concussion

    Sportsnet "Minnesota Wild forward Eric Staal has been diagnosed with a concussion as a result of a scary collision during Saturday’s game, according to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Staal was taken to hospital after crashing head-first into the end boards late in the second period of the..." April 23

  • Wild's Staal released from hospital

    Fox Sports "The Wild will not be playing another game this season, but there’s a sliver of good news to come out of Minnesota this weekend: Eric Staal seems be okay. The veteran Wild centerman took a nasty spill headfirst into the boards during Saturday’s Game 5 and he didn’t look good in the aftermath...." April 23